iWatch to Require iPhone Connectivity for Its Full Functionality?

iWatch to Require iPhone Connectivity for Its Full Functionality?

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The iWatch will be a peripheral device, not a primary one, requiring an iPhone connection for its full functionality, according to a MobiHealthNews report.

Citing 'sources — who have limited but direct knowledge of Apple’s plans for the iWatch and Healthbook', the site says that while Apple's rumored device will not be a smartphone on your wrist.

Since reports have emerged that Apple has hired engineers and sensors who have previously worked at passive glucose sensor companies and ingestible sensor companies, it’s no surprise that some are expecting advanced sensors in the iWatch. A source tells us that the team Apple has assembled is intended to ensure that the health sensing capabilities of the device are efficacious. Some fitness tracking devices available today primarily give users feedback in the form of an arbitrary points system — like Nike Fuel. Apple will likely not do this, but instead focus on real metrics like calories. Having a team with such advanced pedigrees will help ensure Apple’s device is accurate. Don’t expect glucose sensing though.

MobiHealthNews confirms that recent reports of a 'Healthbook' app are conceptually correct; however, as expected, the name might differ at launch. The app is said to focus on exercise, diet, sleep, stress, medication adherence. There may also be some health and pregnancy tracking features for women.

Apparently, Apple is also looking to integrate with some third party FDA-cleared devices. So long as the app only displays data instead of analyzing it, the watch wouldn't need to be cleared as a medical device.

More details in the full report linked below...

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iWatch to Require iPhone Connectivity for Its Full Functionality?
Gil - February 12, 2014 at 3:09am
I can't wait to get this!!!
Gil - February 12, 2014 at 3:09am
I can't wait to get this!!!
era003 - February 11, 2014 at 2:23pm
I think it would be a really bad move. If Apple was trying to beat rival watches, for example Pebble, It would have to be compatible with other platforms such as Android. That way it will also compete with the Galaxy Gear and such.
dvxAznxvb - February 11, 2014 at 4:07pm
everyone saw this coming since apple likes to keep things in a sandbox and keep things exclusive, not only this will benefit them in the long run with more promotional sales of iphones itself, it will have more development for just ios rather than more troubleshooting and downgrading ports to androids/win8.1
Wee Willy Spunker - February 11, 2014 at 6:48pm
They don't make things for competition since microsuck is into that desperately against iPad but samscum on the other hand they only wait to use things to compete and act like they are better.
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